This undergraduate course is aimed at experienced practitioners who wish to enhance their clinical practice. Successful students will be registered with their relevant professional body as being a non-medical prescriber.
The course will prepare students to become knowledgeable with the principles of prescribing practice. Students then apply these principles to their individual areas of clinical practice. Learning and assessment is via pharmacology and numeracy examination, portfolio of professional development, OSCE (Observed Structured Clinical Examination) and clinical assessment document.
Over 26 weeks.
School of Community Health and Midwifery
No Partner College
You must have at least three years’ experience post-qualification and be deemed competent by your employer to undertake the programme. Of these three years, the year immediately preceding application to the programme must have been in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe, eg. neonates, mental health. Part-time workers must have practised for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by their employer.
In addition to this entrants must:
Be familiar with Internet usage/Microsoft word processing.
The course comprises of 26 theory days and 12 practice placement days, over a six month period, in line with the Department of Health requirements.
Students will undertake 13 days of direct multi-professional teaching and one day for examinations at the Preston campus.
Students will undertake 12 days of directed study based upon their identified learning needs. Allied health professionals and pharmacist students will be required to state two "defined conditions" for which they could prescribe and focus on during the course.
Practice days are negotiated between the students and designated medical practitioner but must be completed within the duration of the course. A minimum of six of the practice days must be spent with the designated medical practitioner.
Students can choose to study at either Level 6 or 7 depending on their academic qualifications and experience. The Level 6 module (NU3023) is designed for undergraduate students who may be working towards an academic degree and who have only undertaken a minimum amount of Level 6 study previously. Although, if you do have a degree you can still choose to undertake the Level 6 module.
The Level 7 module (NU4023) is designed for graduates who wish to pursue postgraduate Level 7 study. Please note that this course's academic level of study relates to knowledge, understanding and thinking skills relevant to prescribing and will be assessed mainly through portfolio writing. NU4023 students will also have these skills assessed through a viva. Level 7 students will be expected to demonstrate a greater ability to critically appraise, synthesise and evaluate prescribing knowledge and understanding.
Four parts - numeracy and pharmacology examination, OSCE, portfolio of professional development and clinical assessment document.
We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.
‘loved the course, best I've attended’. V.T. (Advanced Practitioner)
For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
Our student selection process is underpinned by the National Values Based Recruitment strategy .The selection process has to provide evidence that the future students would aspire to a high standard of excellence in professionalism which is consistent with the NHS values i.e : working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts.